Do you know what an elevator speech is? It is a method most people use in interviews and in social gatherings to introduce yourself where you talk about your skills and abilities around your profession. It is your personal positioning statement. Not everyone is great at doing this as they don’t like talking about themselves so we have a few tips and tricks that can help you master this skill for the upcoming holiday season.
Tip #1 Keep it Short
When you are passionate about something it is easy to go on and on about it. During a first meeting, you need to keep the other person in mind and keep your elevator speech short and to the point.
Tip #2 Practice But Don’t Memorize
You want this interaction to feel organic. If people feel you are talking from a script that will turn them off from listing to you. Make sure you practice to get comfortable with speaking about yourself but don’t get so comfortable that it sounds robotic.
Tip #3 Have a Take-Away
Depending on the type of place you are at an individual may be ready to engage more with questions or might need to continue the conversation. If you feel they are interested in what you are saying or if they work for a company you are trying to get your foot in the door in ask for their business card or social media handle so you can follow up with them at a later time. Make sure that you provide them with your information as well in the form of a business card. Items to include on your business card would be:
- Your Name
- Position(s) of interest
- Contact Info (Phone & Email Address)
- LinkedIn Profile Link
Most importantly be yourself and don’t be nervous! Confidence goes a long way in these situations. If you forget something in your elevator speech don’t worry, when you get that persons’ contact information you can follow up with them and provide that to them during that call/email.
This past July we had a blog that provided tips for networking at holiday parties. With the holiday season right around the corner, we urge you to visit this blog again as it will give you more tips to maximize your time during the holidays. If you still need help with your elevator speech please contact us. We have customized coaching programs available to help you.